[ pah-tey, pa‐; French pah-tey, pa‐ ]
/ pɑˈteɪ, pæ‐; French pɑˈteɪ, pæ‐ /
noun, plural pâ·tés [pah-teyz, pa‐; French pah-tey] /pɑˈteɪz, pæ‐; French pɑˈteɪ/,
French Cookery. a paste or spread made of puréed or finely chopped liver, meat, fish, game, etc., served as an hors d'oeuvre.
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British Dictionary definitions for pâté (1 of 2)
/ (ˈpæteɪ, French pɑte) /
a spread of very finely minced liver, poultry, etc, served usually as an hors d'oeuvre
a savoury pie of meat or fish
Word Origin for pâté
from French: paste 1
British Dictionary definitions for pâté (2 of 2)
/ (peɪt) /
the head, esp with reference to baldness or (in facetious use) intelligence
Word Origin for pate
C14: of unknown origin
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